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November 2, 2018

Let the Circle Be Unbroken: My Mother’s Vienna

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Before my seven-year-old mother watched Hitler screech from a balcony and the adoring throngs shout “Heil Hitler” back; before she was chased down the streets by boys shouting “Jew! Jew!; before her parents had their bakery confiscated by the Nazis...

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March 8, 2018

My Seven Sisters: Honoring the Women in My Life

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March 8th is International Women’s Day, so it’s our day to acknowledge our gifts and contributions. But I know that being a woman is not something everyone can celebrate, and with good reason especially if the country or environment you live in is...

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January 1, 2018

Four Things Isaiah Wants You to Do in 2018

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In this Great Southern Land, there is a moment just before sunrise when the earth’s shadow signals the light about to dawn. I love that moment, and its promise of a new beginning. And just as this shadow-band is a harbinger of change (as is its dusk...

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October 30, 2017

Letter to a Friend with Cancer

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I went past your house today. The door was open, as always. The chairs were waiting and the kitchen silent. But you weren’t there. In that moment I realized your house is not your house without you. And that’s the funny thing: over the last weeks of...

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